From a culture that has revered the art of writing for more than a thousand years, comes instruments that celebrate both writing and art. The Yukari Collection features writing instruments which are individually hand-crafted by the most revered of Japanese master artisans. Using the famed Maki-e technique which encompasses the creation of patterns and decorations with the use of sap from the Japanese lacquer tree (Urushi), gold and silver dust are sprinkled on the creation before it dries. The base of this work is commonly finished by lacquering and given a high gloss before further patterns are drawn. In 2009, Namiki presents four works of art from the Yukari collection,transforming traditional scenes from nature into striking fantasies.Namiki Turtle - A symbol of prosperity and longevity, the turtle has brought centuries of happiness and hope to the Japanese. Turtles have been immortalised in folklores as the bringer of wealth and the fulfiller of dreams. In traditional far eastern culture, turtles are also often seen as the gateway to contact with divine beings. The Yukari Turtle enthralls with its unparalleled attention to detail and masterful display of Taka Maki-e and Togidashi Maki-e skill.